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Child Nutrition Labeling Manual

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Technical Assistance & Guidance
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Child Nutrition Label

The Child Nutrition (CN) Labeling Manual provides food manufacturers with instructions on how to apply for and obtain approval for a CN label. It also contains instructions for calculating the contribution that meats, meat alternates, poultry, and seafood products make toward the meal pattern requirements for child nutrition programs (CNP).

The CN labeling program is a voluntary federal labeling program for the CNP. CN labels provide a way for a manufacturer to demonstrate how a processed food product contributes to the meal pattern requirements in CNP and are approved by USDA.

Note: As of July 1, 2024, “beans, peas, and lentils” is the term used to describe the vegetable subgroup formerly known as “legumes.” Manufacturers may continue to use the term “legumes vegetables” on approved CN labels. At the time of application renewal or resubmission, manufacturers must update the term to “beans, peas, and lentils.”


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